Russian tourists arriving in Finland by train.The Federal Agency for Tourism of Russia (Rosturizm) has revealed that Finland was the most popular travel destination for Russian tourists in early 2015. Rosturizm on Wednesday reported that Finland was the destination of over 705 000 of the 5.9 million Russians who travelled abroad during the first quarter of the year.

The most popular travel destinations for Russian tourists after Finland were Kazakhstan, Abkhazia and Egypt.

Russia, in turn, welcomed an estimated 7.3 million tourists over the first three months of the year, signalling a 16 per cent increase from the previous year. Most of the 336 000 Finns who travelled to Russia between January and March were business visitors.

St. Petersburg alone welcomed roughly 170 000 Finnish visitors over the three-month period, reports, an independent online publication based in St. Petersburg.

Sirpa Pääkkönen – HS
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
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